From Strength to Weakness
Moses and Gideon considered themselves as the weakest and least. But with God's help they did exploits. Today we are considering Samson who was the strongest but became the weakest without God resulting in death.
Samson was born to Manoah and his wife. Manoah's wife was childless. An angel appeared to both of them and told them that they would have a son. A son was born and he was named Samson. The Lord blessed him and the Spirit of God stirred in him.
God's word says Do not be yoked with unbelievers in marriage. A marriage can be a Holy Matrimony if only two believers are yoked together in marriage. But Samson forgot His Holy God and went after Philistine women. At the marriage feast the people were unable to answer his riddle. Only his wife was able to pester him for the answer to the riddle.
Samson had enough strength to tear lion down with bare hands. Once when he was tied down with two ropes he was able to break the ropes with ease. He took a jaw bone of an ass and struck down a thousand Philistines. This was his great strength.
One night the people had planned to kill him early next morning. He got up at night and he took down the city gates with the posts and carried them on his shoulder and escaped. Unimaginable strength!
Then he married Delilah. The Philistine rulers asked her to find out the secret of his strength. Three times he lied to her but finally told her that if his hair was shaved off he would loose his strength as he was a Nazarene. At this point THE LORD LEFT HIM. As a result his strength left him. He was caught, his eyes were gouged and he became a prisoner.
⛩ Once at a feast with 3000 people Samson was asked to perform. He cried unto the Lord to give him strength this one time. He took hold of the two pillars that held the building and shook them. The whole building collapsed and the three thousand with Samson died. This was Miserable end of a very Strong man as a result of forsaking God in his life.
God could have used him mightily among the Israelites. But he foolishly sold himself to the Philistines in marriage. His life had no purpose and he had a miserable end because of forsaking the Lord Almighty in his life.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa
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⏳ Samson and the Girl from Timnah
One day Samson went down to Timnah, where he noticed a certain young Philistine woman.
He went back home and told his father and mother, There is a Philistine woman down at Timnah who caught my attention. Get her for me; I want to marry her.
But his father and mother asked him, Why do you have to go to those heathen Philistines to get a wife? Can't you find someone in our own clan, among all our people?*
His parents did not know that it was the LORD who was leading Samson to do this, for the LORD was looking for a chance to fight the Philistines. At this time the Philistines were ruling Israel.
So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother.
*Suddenly the power of the LORD made Samson strong, and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands, as if it were a young goat. But he did not tell his parents what he had done.
Samson said to them, *Let me tell you a riddle.
So Samson's wife went to him in tears and said, **You don't love me! You just hate me! You told my friends a riddle and didn't tell me what it means! He said, Look, I haven't even told my father and mother. Why should I tell you?
So on the seventh day, before Samson went into the bedroom, the men of the city said to him, What could be sweeter than honey? What could be stronger than a lion? Samson replied, If you hadn't been plowing with my cow, You wouldn't know the answer now.
Suddenly the power of the LORD made him strong, and he went down to Ashkelon, where he killed thirty men, stripped them, and gave their fine clothes to the men who had solved the riddle. After that, he went back home, furious about what had happened,
Some time later Samson went to visit his wife during the wheat harvest and took her a young goat. He told her father, *I want to go to my wife's room. But he wouldn't let him go in.*
He told Samson, I really thought that you hated her, so I gave her to your friend. But her younger sister is prettier, anyway. You can have her, instead.
The Philistines came and camped in Judah, and attacked the town of Lehi.
The men of Judah asked them, Why are you attacking us? They answered, We came to take Samson prisoner and to treat him as he treated us.
So these three thousand men of Judah went to the cave in the cliff at Etam and said to Samson, Don't you know that the Philistines are our rulers? What have you done to us? He answered, I did to them just what they did to me.
Don't you know that the Philistines are our rulers? What have you done to us? He* answered, I did to them just what they did to me.
All right, they said, we are only going to tie you up and hand you over to them.
When he got to Lehi, the Philistines came running toward him, shouting at him. Suddenly the power of the LORD made him strong, and he broke the ropes around his arms and hands as if they were burnt thread.
Then he found a jawbone of a donkey that had recently died. He reached down and picked it up, and killed a thousand men with it.
In Evey situation LORD is with Samson
Delilah lulled Samson to sleep in her lap and then called a man, who cut off Samson's seven locks of hair. Then she began to torment him, for he had lost his strength.
Then she shouted, Samson! The Philistines are coming! He woke up and thought, I'll get loose and go free, as always. He did not know that the LORD had left him.
The Philistines captured him and put his eyes out. They took him to Gaza, chained him with bronze chains, and put him to work grinding at the mill in the prison.
Then Samson prayed, Sovereign LORD, please remember me; please, God, give me my strength just this one time more, so that with this one blow I can get even with the Philistines for putting out my two eyes and shouted, Let me die with the Philistines! He *pushed with all his might, and the building fell down on the five kings and everyone else. Samson killed more people at his death than he had killed during his life
*His brothers and the rest of his family came down to get his body. They took him back and buried him between Zorah and He had been Israel's leader for twenty years.
We never know plans of God
Trust God not the people
"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
On Choosing a Marriage Partner
Judges 14:3 How many are pursuing the same course as did Samson!
How often marriages are formed between the godly and the ungodly, because inclination governs in the selection of husband or wife!
The parties do not ask counsel of God, nor have His glory in view.
Christianity ought to have a controlling influence upon the marriage relation, but it is too often the case that the motives which lead to this union are not in keeping with Christian principles.
My thoughts Judges 14:19
Samson impulsively used the special gift God gave him for selfish purposes. Today God distributes skills and abilities throughout the church (1 Corinthians 12:1) The apostle Paul states that these gifts are to be used " that the body of Christ may be built up"; that is to build up the church (Ephesians 4:12). To use these abilities for selfish purposes is to rob the church and fellow believers of strength. As you use the gifts of God has given you, be sure you are helping others, not just yourself.